Jenn joined the Drama department in 2003, having received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto's Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama. Her doctoral thesis centres on the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and uses these works as evidence towards the development of a phenomenologica...
Jenn joined the Drama department in 2003, having received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto's Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama. Her doctoral thesis centres on the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and uses these works as evidence towards the development of a phenomenological view of the device of metatheatre. Jenn's current research interests concern metatheatricality and performativity in fictional worlds of contemporary Canadian drama.
Recent publications include articles in Theatre Research in Canada, English Studies in Canada, New Theatre Quarterly, Studies in Theatre and Performance, Theatre Journal and Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. Her article "Metatheatre and Authentication through Metonymic Compression in John Mighton's Possible Worlds" Theatre Journal 58:1 (March 2006) received an honourable mention for the 2007 Richard Plant Essay Award. She is a regular contributor of performance reviews to Shakespeare Bulletin and published an article on the unexpected benefits of combining academia and motherhood for University Affairs (co-authored with Marlis Schweitzer, York University). Jenn is co-editor of the Views and Reviews section of Canadian Theatre Review.
Beyond theory, Jenn is also 'practical' with professional lighting design experience. She participated as a design intern under the mentorship of Kevin Lamotte in the opera program at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts in 1993 and earned an MFA (1995) in theatre design from University of Victoria. During her apprenticeship, she spent four seasons at the Stratford Festival as an assistant lighting designer where she won the Tom Patterson award in 1996. Jenn is a member of Associated Designers of Canada and has designed for theatre, opera and corporate/industrial projects. Recent designs include Drums in the Night, Crave, Volpone and Meltdown for Queen's Drama, Candida for Theatre Kingston and Anne & Gilbert for Thousand Islands Playhouse.
As a regular participant in workshops at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Jenn actively pursues new pedagogical strategies to continually improve her teaching. In 2005 and again in 2009, Jenn was very pleased to win the Drama Department's Award for Teaching Excellence.